Cost of Living·Audio

What is the cost of a life as an economic coma takes hold?

The pressure to "reopen" the economy is real, but at what price? What is the cost of keeping the economy in an induced coma, versus waking it up prematurely?
Digital billboards and a U.S. flag at half-mast at Times Square on April 9, 2020 in New York City. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)
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The pressure to "reopen" the economy is real, but at what price?

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What is the cost of keeping the economy in an induced coma, versus waking it up prematurely? We explore a macabre economic model that puts a price on hundreds of thousands of deaths.


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